Maria Burton

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Maria Burton is an American director, producer and actress. She and her four sisters have a production company, Five Sisters Productions.[1]

Burton directed the feature films Manna From Heaven (2002), Just Friends (1996), Temps (1999), and co-directed the 2007 documentary Sign My Snarling Movie. She produced The Happiest Day of His Life (2007) and Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God.[2] Burton also acts in films. She lectures on filmmaking at film schools such as USC and AFI.[3]

Burton graduated from Yale University with a degree in theater and filmmaking.[4] Her play, The Litany of the Clothes won first prize in the Earth Daughters' playwriting contest.[5] In Los Angeles, Burton continues her live theater activities.

She is co-chair of the board of The Alliance of Women Directors[6] and on the advisory board of Global Girl Media.[7]

Her recent work includes the short film Stephen Kanner: A Retrospective,[8] as well as commercials for the "Faces of Ford" campaign for Ford Motor Company,[9][10] a feature film drama inspired by the "Mercury 13" women who were tested for the original astronaut program in 1961-62,[11] and the Lynn Reed written and produced independent film A Sort of Homecoming, a drama about a cable television new producer and her teenage origins as part of her high school debate team.


  1. ^ Burke, Jodie (2011-08-21). "Sisters making films: The Burtons". Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  2. ^ Letting Go of God film site
  3. ^ "Alliance of Women Directors". Alliance of Women Directors. 
  4. ^ Burton, Maria. "Huffington Post contributor profile". 
  5. ^ "Maria Burton company bio". 
  6. ^ "Alliance of Women Directors". Alliance of Women Directors. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  7. ^ "Who We Are | Global Girl". Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  8. ^ "A + D Museum Presents Stephen Kanner Retrospective". 
  9. ^ "Faces of Ford commercials". 
  10. ^ "Faces of Ford commercial Dick Fuchs Mustang". Ford Motor Company. 
  11. ^ "Five Sisters Productions In Development". Retrieved 2011-09-05. 

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